by Emily Waldrep
Ivanhoe city council held their monthly meeting for August on August 9, in the community center. The board discussed various issues including roadwork, the animal shelter, and the ordinance that could allow alcohol sales within the city.
The board addressed the ever-growing problem of roads, drainage and culverts inside of Ivanhoe. Many citizens living inside the city have faced various road and drainage problems over the past couple of months, but the council assured everyone that the roads are being repaired and will be fixed. Mark Jackson is working on Durrwood Drive in Ivanhoe and is adding new asphalt to the major roadway. Culverts are also in the process of being repaired, but it is a slow process since Ivanhoe only employs three different workers who have to use their own equipment. It has been difficult for the city to employ insured workers that can work on ditches and culverts in Ivanhoe.
"Road work is a huge priority for us and we are taking measures to fix all of the roads," say council members.
The council also discussed holding an optional election to vote on the sale of alcohol in the city limits. If the ordinance is passed, commercial properties in Ivanhoe will be able to apply for a license to sell alcohol. Although there are no commercial properties that could sell mixed drinks or alcohol in Ivanhoe at the moment, the ordinance will be beneficial to other commercial properties that would like to operate in Ivanhoe in the future.
In other business, Ivanhoe discussed progress on the animal shelter. Currently, every citizen within 200 feet of the shelter has been given a notice and the community is being notified of the shelter's opening. Five men have been working diligently on the shelter for the past week, and it will be finished toward the end of August. The shelter will have its septic system pumped this week and then the shelter will be ready for its first guest.
The meeting closed with the council mentioning that materials have been received for the renovation on the entrance of Ivanhoe and construction will begin soon.
The next regular meeting will be held on September 13, 2012 and will discuss various tabled issues from the August council meeting.